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Dynamicly calculating live mask from selected layer comp result

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Oct 28, 2022 Oct 28, 2022

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A layer mask that is being calculated live on the fly  based on  linked   layercomp result .

I know it's somewat possible with clipping groups and smart objects  but it require so  complicated  layer stack it's super inconvenient .  Besides it would be impossible  to aply to a group itself.  

 

    Using any chosen  layercomp we could possibly link  to any mask     would be so much more elegant solution imo.   

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Nov 07, 2022 Nov 07, 2022

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Please elaborate and post meaningful screenshots that include all the pertinent Panels. 

 


Besides it would be impossible  to aply to a group itself.  

One can use Knockout (Advanced Blending). 

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Here is small example psd . It has a clipping group  named "depth combine mask"

And I have a copy of this  same group  I saved as a layer comps " depth combine mask2.

What I offer is  having just a regular  mask  for a layer or group  having in their properties  panel  not just invert  button and feather slider  but also a dropdown  list of layercomps so I could just select  layercomp "depth combine2"  and  have a dynamicly calculating mask  based on the layercomp  result.

 

Kind of similar to anchors  from Substance Painter but better.  ( I couldn't find a thing with those anchors either)

It would be so much more convenient than those super complicated  groups and knockouts. I often couldn't understand a thing  in my own files.  And after all nothing really new is necessary. Just an interface  feature.

 

It just a simple  example  but having such feature  not just for masks  but for  "virtual layers" of a sort  could make Photoshop rival any node based solution.    A layer  that rasterises on the fly  certain layercomp I mean 

 

 

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